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Nadal Returns To Halle In 2012

Halle, Germany

Nadal © Gerry Weber OpenRafael Nadal will play at the Gerry Weber Open from 2012-14.

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal will return to Halle in 2012 for the 20th edition of the Gerry Weber Open, to be held from 11-17 June, after signing a three-year contract with the ATP World Tour 250 grass court tournament.

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"The Gerry Weber Open is a fantastic tournament. I’m very happy that I may finally play in Germany and in front of my German fans again," said the 25-year-old Spaniard, who made his one previous Halle appearance in 2005 following his first Roland Garros triumph.

"Rafael Nadal is already now one of the best tennis players ever, a player who is known by every sport fan in the world," said Tournament Director Ralf Weber. "The fact that Rafael will participate in our tournament until 2014 is a great recognition for our tournament."

Nadal has won three grass court titles, including a pair at Wimbledon in 2008 (d. Federer) and '10 (d. Berdych). This season, he finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic at The All England Club.

"I really enjoy playing on lawn," said Nadal. "This part of the season is very, very important for me. Success in Halle would also mean a real shot in the arm for me for Wimbledon and the Olympic Games. But, of course, there is heavy competition."

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